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How to win the NL Central in 2009


Well it's obvious that things have not gone as expected thus far in the nl central.  As we all know, the cubs have greatly underperformed, which has opened up new possibilities in the nl central.  The Brewers have been receiving (until recently) over productive starting pitching, from a pitching staff that seemed slightly above average at best, while putting up phenomenal offensive numbers.  Tony LaRussa continues to work wonders with a good, consistent team.  Cincinnatti continues to play decent baseball with that young, stellar pitching staff.

What changes do you think these teams need to make to be contenders and how will these teams (especially the cubs) cope with a mediocre trade market? 

Here's what I'm thinking:

  • the Brewers obviously need to solidify their starting rotation, or else their dominant (so far) bullpen will be in huge trouble.  Problem: there are barely any pitchers on the market that they would be able to trade for to make their team better, considering that they are not willing to part with their young prospects
  • St Louis probably won't make any moves.  Troy Glaus will be coming back and will be a huge addition to their offense.
  • For Cincinnati, I think a utility player would add wonders to this team

I'm not going to go into specifics about the Cubs (I'll leave it to debate), but assuming some of these teams will make moves, how will this affect the Cubs?  How will the Cubs combat the possibility that some of these teams will get better?  Would the Cubs be fine without making a move and assuming that the offense will be back to 100% normal once Aramis comes back?

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

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